Ukraine War Day #111: Svyatogorsk Mayor To Keep Post

Dear Readers:

Just a quickie today, but still on the theme of “Cadre changes” in the wake of the Russian invasion. Or, in this case, a non-change of cadre!

So I have this piece by reporter Evgeny Romanov. A rather inauspicious name (given the fate of the Romanov dynasty), but just wait till you hear the name of the other guy: Vladimir Bandura. (Sounds like Bandera, but it’s slightly different.)

Vladimir Bandura

So, here is the scoop: Bandura was, and still is, the Mayor of the Donetsk city of Svyatogorsk. The name means “Holy Mountain” in Russian, because the city is on the high ground, and contains several Orthodox churches, cathedrals, plus a huge monastery complex. Svyatogorsk was under Ukrainian control until, oh, about a week ago. Then the Russian/DPR army took it in battle and are currently using as a staging ground for the main target: The Slavyansk/Kramatorsk agglomeration. This map shows the relative positions of Svyatogorsk (Ukrainian Svitohirsk, top arrow) to the North of Slavyansk (Ukrainian Slovyansk), with Severodonetsk also marked off to the East, just to show the relative locations of these important battlegrounds. Russian troops are currently moving South from Svyatogorsk and figuring out the best way to take Slavyansk away from the Ukrainians. Svyatogorsk was the place where Ukrainian soldiers got themselves kettled in again, hid in a wooden church, burned it down, disobeyed their commanders orders to fight to the death, abandoned their equipment, and escaped from the Russians by swimming to safety across the river. The Russian soldiers watched them swim away and didn’t shoot them, which I think was a very nice thing to do. It’s not sporting to shoot guys who already threw their guns away.

Anyhow, once they were in control of Svyatogorsk, one would think that the Russians would arrest the local Mayor. But wait! On June 13 (which was yesterday), DPR leader Denis Pushilin reappointed Bandura back to his old post. And then an important plot twist: Pushilin revealed that he and Bandura had been secretly in touch all along: “The residents of Svyatogorsk have been experiencing the full terroristic behavior of the Ukrainian fighters. I knew about all of this from the Mayor, Vladimir Bandura. He and I have been in touch for a long time. He, like many others residents of Svyatogorsk, has just been waiting for the liberation. He supports the Special Operation. In this very difficult time Vladimir Vladimirovich did not abandon his post, he is respected and supported by the residents, therefore I asked him to stay at his post of Mayor.”

Pushilin also noted that Bandura was forced to hide his opinions, in order to protect his constituents.

Bandura accepted Pushilin’s invitation to stay on, and promised to help rebuild Svyatogorsk.

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22 Responses to Ukraine War Day #111: Svyatogorsk Mayor To Keep Post

  1. colliemum says:

    Yes, those who endured and helped in secret ought to be rewarded, like this mayor. Let’s not forget that he did this under they eyes of the neo-naughty goons who’ve not been precisely gentle in the way they treated all whom they deemed to have been, let’s say: less than enthusiastic about Binderies and Banderistan …

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    • yalensis says:

      Ukrainian Nationalists are furious about this plot twist, absolutely frothing at the mouth, to learn that their beloved Mayor Bandura was a traitor all along. They’re like, “I did Na-zi this coming!”
      [been waiting for a while to use that joke…]

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  2. michaeldroy says:

    Is he the same mayor that recently claimed that Ukrainian soldiers had killed 3 priests (or monks)?

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    • yalensis says:

      Not sure, I only heard about him yesterday. I didn’t hear about any monks being killed, but Ukrainian soldiers did burn that nice wooden church to the ground, I read about that.

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  3. S Brennan says:

    I think it right that the Russ treat the Russian areas of Ukrainia, [roughly, the NE, SE & SW quadrants] as places that were occupied by a foreign power. And the axis of West-Ukrainia/DC-Sociopaths and Dead-End-Nazis [DENs] were/are foreign…in every sense of the word.

    Indeed, if you look at the list of US sociopaths in DC you will note that many are recent immigrants to the US shores. Immigrants who, upon their arrival, immediately sought power in the imperial city…just as in the time of the Romans! And so it goes.

    The Russ of Eastern/Southern Ukrainia suffered much after Obama’s attempted takeover of Ukrainia in 2014. Not commonly known is Obama’s perchant for retaining the worst of the previous Cheney regime! Even now, the ties between the Cheney Republicans and the Democratic party apparatus is on full display in the anti-Trump hearings that preoccupy DC as we speak…talk about fiddling while Rome burns.

    Whether you dislike Trump or not isn’t the point, the never-Trump crowd is the cabal of sociopaths that tore-up the peace-dividend that came to Europe/USA after the dissolution of the Warsaw pact countries into autonomous states, they tore-up Iraq, they tore-up Libya, they tore-up Syria and they tore-up Ukrainia. These arsonists have made several other attempts to burn down countries in their psychotic attempt to incinerate the world. And now? And now they hold a carnival to celebrate their hatred of all thing other than themselves. God help us all.

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    • ymarsakar says:

      Hussein tried to get out of Ukraine. Nuland and McCain/Clinton wanted war though.

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      • S Brennan says:

        Perhaps my ignorance is showing but, I did not follow your comment?

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        • Cortes says:

          I’m speculating that the Hussein reference was to Barack Obama.

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          • yalensis says:

            That was my take on it too. Above commenter, I may have done an injustice to, he or she left a rash of comments which I initially thought were pingbacks, so I deleted a bunch of them. (I used to tolerate pingbacks, but then it got too much, they were cluttering up the side panel.)
            In reality they were not pingbacks (pointers to my own blog), just pointing to a different blog, with rather dodgy politics. Once I realized it was (probably) legitimate, I stopped deleting the comments. Even if the person’s political views are rather strange (hint: dog-whistle words like “Illuminati”), who am I to judge?

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          • S Brennan says:

            Thanks for the clue-in, while I do think negatively of Obama as a disastrous continuation of the Cheney Administration, I try not to employ terms that have racial/ethnic overtones [dog whistles]. If I have something negative to say about a racial/ethnic group I feel I should do so outright, not, start a fight and run away under the skirt of “plausible deniability”. That said, I did refer to Obama as O’Bomber during his reign of terror on the ME & EE.

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            • yalensis says:

              From Company Policy Manual, Statute #45: One are allowed to make up funny names to denigrate politicians we dislike, but those names should not involve “dog whistle” type ethnic, sexist, or homophobic slurs. For example: O’Bomber is okay. Obongo is not okay, because implies racist African stereotype. Killery is okay. Mad-effing bitch Hillary C*nton is NOT okay (because sexist). etc etc.

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  4. the pair says:

    after iraq and afghanistan it’s easy to treat claims of “we’ll be greeted as liberators” with a massive dose of cynicism. it’s nice to see the stories and reports of that being the case throughout ukraine. very few governments enjoy the full support of their “subjects” and those who simply try to ride the tiger and live their lives should be shown the most respect. even nazi germany had its claus von stauffenbergs and oskar schindlers.

    i look forward to the end of the “operation” when we’ll find out exactly how many ukrainians were simply “lying back and thinking of england” for the past 8 years or so.

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  5. DP in CA says:

    Revealing this information is dangerous to this guy, in my opinion which I think is obvious. They should have waited until the Ukrainian forces had been pushed far far away, at least, or until the whole war was over, ideally. He could have been kept on as mayor for being “competent at running a city” without endangering him. The PR value of this is not worth the risk, I’d say.

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    • yalensis says:

      I agree! The front line isn’t that far away from him just yet! And the Ukrainians still have a lot of terrorist commandos on tap.
      Well, maybe he agreed to the disclosure.
      Also, now that I think about it, Ukrainians regard anybody as a traitor who didn’t actually pull up and flee to Kiev during the first hours of the “occupation”. In their view, if you stuck around for even a minute, you’re still a traitor, even if you didn’t come out of the closet, like this guy did.
      Still, if I were him, I’d check under my car every time before turning on the ignition.

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      • Cortes says:

        Would he really have “come out” without security services having been put in place? Perhaps the announcement was made to draw stay-behinds out? Still: a courageous man.

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        • yalensis says:

          Agreed, he has a lot of guts. I can imagine how stressful it must have been keeping a secret like that. Recall the Mayor of Kupiansk, when he allowed the Russian troops into his town without a fight, the SBU subsequently kidnapped his 20-year-old daughter. To my knowledge, this girl is still missing. The Ukrainians are absolutely ruthless when it comes to assassinations and terror, and they won’t spare even innocent family members either.

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    • DP in CA says:

      Ack! I see that WordPress takes the email address I enter and hashes it to generate a pattern so you can tell that comments from different names are from the same person. Since it’s based on the email address, I can’t get a different pattern even by giving a different name, it seems. If nothing can be done about the horribly unwanted symbol it stuck me with, this’ll have to be the last comment I leave here, alas.

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      • yalensis says:

        Hi, DP. That’s news to me! I wondered where those different patterns came from, never even really thought about it before. But now that you made me look at it, egads! your pattern looks sort of like a yellow swastika, LOL.
        Just FYI, on my part I respect my readers privacy, I don’t go into the “back-end” and look at your email addresses or IP addresses.

        I hope you leave more comments. You can set up your own thumbnail, by the way.

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        • DP last post under Gravatar says:

          I don’t see any option to change it, but I don’t know much about WordPress, having only just found your blog a couple of weeks ago. Oh, I see now: it outsources the logo generation to Gravatar so that someone can connect what I say here to EVERYTHING I SAY at EVERY other place that uses Gravatar. If I agreed to that, I could set up my own avatar to be something other than a swastika, but no thanks. (This was bound to happen to someone sooner or later, given the fourfold rotational symmetry of the generated avatars. In fact there are probably others already.)

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          • yalensis says:

            Yeah. Before I started my own blog, I was commenting on a couple of other peoples blog, so I created my wordpress account and avatar (using gravatar). After I started my own blog, I decided to keep that same goofy avatar, which is based on the Longfellow/Excelsior theme. Which happens to be one of my favorite poems in American Lit.

            And yeah, I was aware even then that setting up an avatar was just one more way for the National Security State to track a person across the blogosphere. But, after Snowden’s revelations, I don’t kid myself there is any way to really hide from them anyhow.

            Me, I only have that one single online persona, the yalensis persona with that one avatar. However, I certainly don’t stand in judgement over people who want to have multiple online personalities. For example, one persona to discuss politics, another one for a quilting forum, etc.

            The only solution I can think of, is to set up a different email address, and then link each persona to a different email (and potentially a different avatar). You can get a free email address from the usual (google, hotmail, etc.), being aware they all work for the CIA/NSA and will avidly send them your data.

            In the meantime, we’ll just be polite and pretend not to notice that you are a yellow swastika, or we’ll stipulate that it’s an ancient Hopi fertility symbol or something…

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  6. Stephen T Johnson says:

    Or…it’s the (fairly common) asian religious symbol – every July we see the Falun Gong guys with swastikas on their floats in the Stampede parade, though I think theirs are widdershins.

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